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1. Name, function and company: Jacie (pronounced Jackie) Sites, owner of Music School & Violin Shop Sites.
2. What does your business do and what are your responsibilities? I teach violin, violin, cello, guitar and mandolin to my private music students. I am the program director and designer of our store and studio. I teach music lessons, plan concerts and events, write and organize music, and plan trips and musical adventures for our older students.
3. Where were you born and when is your birthday (it is not necessary to indicate the year)? I was born on May 19 in Portland, Oregon, the day after the Mount Saint Helens eruption.
4. How long have you lived in eastern Idaho and what city do you live in now? I have lived in eastern Idaho for just over 20 years and live in Rigby.
5. Tell us about your first job after high school / college. My first and only job was to teach music.
6. What’s the best business decision you’ve ever made? The best business decision I made was to open our first violin store, although it was very scary back then.
7. Tell us about your family. I live in Rigby with my husband Joe! We love to play music together, travel and play golf on weekends.
8. Tell us about a movie or book that has inspired you the most in life. It’s hard. I like to read. I’ve read a ton of non-fiction and think one of my all-time favorites is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. I’m always looking to learn something new, but this book really covers the basics of being a reliable and responsible person.
9. Tell us about a lesson you learned from a mistake you made in your career / business. At first I really compared what we were doing to others and tried to just copy what I thought was “expected” to teach. However, over time I have learned to focus more on my real strengths and what I really love to do. This means that I teach the traditional violin a lot less and focus on teaching the music that my students and I like to play instead.
10. What goal do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months? Over the next 12 months, I hope to offer some of my online music lessons to students who cannot come to Idaho to take lessons in person.
11. What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you are doing? If anyone wanted to do what I do, I would suggest that they develop their own style and interests and share what they love with others. Don’t worry about what you think others are expecting, just do what enlightens you.
12. If you could start all over again, what would you do differently? If I had to do it again, I would trust my musical tastes and teach the music that I love from the start.
13. What is your favorite place to eat in eastern Idaho? Love having breakfast at Cafe Mikes at Pinecrest Golf Course. Mike cooks the best meal in town.
14. Tell us something surprising about yourself. I am a grandmaster and multiple national violin champion and had a # 1 music book on Amazon last year.
15. How do you like your potatoes? I love potatoes anyway! These are my favorite dishes and as long as they’re cooked I’m going to eat them and ask for seconds.
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